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Barbara gets things done!

Delegate Barbara Evans Fleischauer is a dynamic, creative advocate for women, veterans, children, families, the environment and small businesses.

My 2016 Legislative Priorities

Good Jobs

Passage of the Local Energy Efficiency Partnership Act or LEEP Act, will provide a way for local governments to assist small businesses in financing energy efficiency improvements such as lighting, insulation, windows etc. I joined 7 Republicans and 3 other Democrats in sponsoring HB 2945, which will be re­-introduced in 2016. This legislation will create jobs (installation and maintenance), promote local economic development and protect our environment. Twenty­nine other states have already passed laws similar to this. Read More

Roads & Budget

The hardest issue of the session will be the budget. It’s estimated that revenues are at least $260 million below estimates. I will be carefully monitoring any potential cuts to WVU, the economic engine of our region. Also, PEIA, which provides insurance to state employees and retirees, is proposing "draconian cuts" due to a projected $120 million dollar deficit. Read More

Safety

I will be re­introducing HB 2240, which makes strangulation a felony. Research indicates that strangulation is one of the most terrorizing and lethal forms of domestic violence ­oxygen can be cut off to the brain with a grip equivalent to a handshake. I am hopefull it will pass and become law this year. Read More

Fairness

During my entire legislative career, I have fought for fairness. It stems from my upbringing and our state’s history. My mother was a classmate of Coretta Scott King, the wife of Martin Luther King, and two of my aunts and an uncle were pioneers in the women’s movement. We sometimes forget that West Virginia was forged because of a war over the civil rights of slaves. As a result, when a group is targeted or treated unfairly because of their appearance or status, I favor legal protections. Read More